Seth Meyers kicked off his Late Night debut Monday by paying tribute to his predecessor. Writing a "thank you note" — which was a regular segment on the old Late Night — to current Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, Meyers promised to treat the show with respect and dignity, "and only use it to do completely original comedy pieces," he said before adding and an afterthought, "starting now."
As part of his opening, the former Saturday Night Live head writer joked he was going to "shake stuff up" by doing a monologue. He poked fun at the Sochi Olympics, Bachelor's Juan Pablo and Rob Ford in a similar tone to SNL's "Weekend Update," even taking a jab at himself when certain jokes didn't go over well. "Alright, our first sort of bomb!" he commented after one such dud. Meyers then riffed with his bandleader Fred Armisen before thanking his friends and family, in particular his wife, who he apologized to for spending most of his time focused on Late Night.
Meyers also introduced his first segment called "Venn Diagrams," in which he used the logistical diagram to reveal the hilarious common denominator between two varying topics. For example, "Sports Illustrated models" would make up one circle, while the blockbuster film Gravity made up another. The thing they had in common? "Things George Clooney has been in." Always staying topical, another such diagram included "snow" and "toilet paper." What was their bond? "Things you wouldn't find in Sochi."
Meyers' former "Weekend Update" anchor Amy Poehler was his first guest, with the duo discussing their early days on SNL and Poehler's recent prank war with Clooney. "I want to say something to George Clooney that no woman has ever said, 'George, please stop.'" Poehler, who also announced a renewal for her Comedy Central series Broad City, pretended to act icy towards Armisen and explained the animosity with, "It's hard sometimes to be friends after being very turbulent lovers."
Vice President Joe Biden was Meyers' second guest. Poehler's Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope, a big fan of Biden's, would totally have lost it and gone totally fan girl up there (as evidenced by a clip from the NBC comedy). Meyers discussed Biden's hilarious facial expressions during the State of the Union, though Biden deflected the host's query about his plans for the 2016 election. "I was planning on making a major announcement tonight, but then I decided tonight was your night," he said. Check out Poehler's follow-up:
Closing out the show, A Great Big World performed their hit "Say Something," before Meyers signed off by joking, "If everyone could stick around, I'd like to do five hours of notes."
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